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    Food Allergy / Sensitivity Tests... Scam or Legit?

    For you TL;DR people...

    Have you have a food allergy/sensitivity test and if so, have you been able to make positive changes to your diet as a result?

    And for those of you who like reading...

    If it's at all possible, I'd like to know what foods I'm sensitive to, or completely allergic to, to shape my diet. However, in reading-up on the various types of food allergy tests, I'm led to believe that they're all snake oil?

    There are countless YouTube videos of people taking home tests like EverlyWell and the person in the video goes on about how she didn't know she had sensitivity to foods X, Y, and Z. But I have yet to see a video where someone finds out what they are sensitive to, stops eating those foods, and actually has some noticeable improvement in their health. Spending $200 to get a list of foods I'm theoretically sensitive to and finding it makes no difference if I eat those foods or not is a waste of money (that I could spend on worth while things, like carbon fiber bike parts!!!!)

    Here's one of the articles that seems to state that all of the tests are snake oil:
    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/igg...-restrictions/

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    Have you had any reactions to the foods you're presently eating?

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    Instagram seems to be THE place to promote your product these days, and food intolerance advertising masquerading as unbiased testimonials are widespread. It’s reported that companies like Pinnertest buy social medial followers and pay “influencers” thousands of dollars to promote its $490 IgG blood testing:


    “If this test has any value, we will see literature that would be published to prove this test really could be useful,” Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Harvard Medical School, told BuzzFeed News. “But honestly, I haven’t seen anything like this so far. In the literature, in practice, I don’t see it.”
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    Clinical immunology/allergy specialists diagnose, treat and manage patients with allergy and other immune diseases. They work in a range of settings, including hospitals, private practice, diagnostic immunology laboratories, research centres and universities.
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    FWIW, any Allergist can have you tested for food allergies. I'm certain none of THOSE tests are scams.
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    So... if you don't have any alergies, and get tested, it's a skam?

    1. Are you experiencing any symtoms, if not why are you looking.
    2. If you are, figure it out, if testing is part of that, what is the problem?
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    FWIW, it seems to boil down to this: If you have food sensitivities/allergies, but for some reason you'd rather take your chances online with whomever is hawking whatever online, then you are taking chances. If, OTOH, you go to a doctor, you won't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    If it's at all possible, I'd like to know what foods I'm sensitive to, or completely allergic to, to shape my diet.
    I'll echo the others and ask what symptoms you've been experiencing to think that you have food allergies in the first place.

    In my case, sometimes I'll eat/drink something then have difficulty breathing and break out into hives all over my back and sides. I KNOW I have an allergy, have been tested, and STILL don't know what I'm allergic to. It turns out there is not a test that covers EVERYTHING that you may be allergic to. For instance, sulfides can not be tested for and I suspect that is part of my allergy problem.

    Some chiropractor once "tested" my wife when she was having work done on her back. He concluded that my wife is allergic to gluten, some other things, and even had a parasite. Then he assured her that his super expensive diet products would cure her. This all seemed strange since my wife has a great diet and suffers no ill symptoms at all.

    So, yeah, there's snake oil out there and if you're not trying to pin down a specific issue you're ripe for the taking.

    I'll also add that two allergists and a general practitioner have all told me that food allergies can be particularly difficult to identify as they can result from the interaction of multiple different foods and can even arise due to the type of physical activity you experienced earlier in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dir-t View Post
    I'll echo the others and ask what symptoms you've been experiencing to think that you have food allergies in the first place.

    In my case, sometimes I'll eat/drink something then have difficulty breathing and break out into hives all over my back and sides. I KNOW I have an allergy, have been tested, and STILL don't know what I'm allergic to. It turns out there is not a test that covers EVERYTHING that you may be allergic to. For instance, sulfides can not be tested for and I suspect that is part of my allergy problem.

    Some chiropractor once "tested" my wife when she was having work done on her back. He concluded that my wife is allergic to gluten, some other things, and even had a parasite. Then he assured her that his super expensive diet products would cure her. This all seemed strange since my wife has a great diet and suffers no ill symptoms at all.

    So, yeah, there's snake oil out there and if you're not trying to pin down a specific issue you're ripe for the taking.

    I'll also add that two allergists and a general practitioner have all told me that food allergies can be particularly difficult to identify as they can result from the interaction of multiple different foods and can even arise due to the type of physical activity you experienced earlier in the day.
    I'd have thought the outcome of that visit would be obvious. You go to see a snake oil salesman...of course he'll try to sell you nonsense.

    Shoot, I'll happily tell anyone that their dilitium crystals are out of attenuation in their warpcore and it will take a course of 10 visits...for less $5 off what they were quoted..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    I'd have thought the outcome of that visit would be obvious.
    I agree but she'd had good results visiting a chiro for another musculoskeletal issue in the past. I think if they just stick to that they can be helpful but once they "branch out" into other health issues they should be viewed with GREATLY increased skepticism. It's hard to know what you're getting into until you meet them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorInRichfield View Post
    For you TL;DR people...

    Have you have a food allergy/sensitivity test and if so, have you been able to make positive changes to your diet as a result?

    And for those of you who like reading...

    If it's at all possible, I'd like to know what foods I'm sensitive to, or completely allergic to, to shape my diet. However, in reading-up on the various types of food allergy tests, I'm led to believe that they're all snake oil?

    There are countless YouTube videos of people taking home tests like EverlyWell and the person in the video goes on about how she didn't know she had sensitivity to foods X, Y, and Z. But I have yet to see a video where someone finds out what they are sensitive to, stops eating those foods, and actually has some noticeable improvement in their health. Spending $200 to get a list of foods I'm theoretically sensitive to and finding it makes no difference if I eat those foods or not is a waste of money (that I could spend on worth while things, like carbon fiber bike parts!!!!)

    Here's one of the articles that seems to state that all of the tests are snake oil:
    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/igg...-restrictions/
    I'll echo what others have said; if you believe you have an issue, go to a doctor with experience in allergies. If you don't have symptoms, if you look hard enough you will find someone that tells you that you do and can sell you an answer

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    I saw this a while ago. I think that the point is that when you are desperate for answers when there are none forth coming, there will always be people who pray on those looking because they have something to sell regardless of whether if it helps or not.

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    Easiest way to test is eat something. If you get hives, trouble breathing, lip, tongue swelling or you crap your pants, then you might be allergic to it.

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